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New Bainbridge Pride Group Hopes to Strengthen Island’s LGBTQ Community

Derek Villanueva is one of the four co-founders of Bainbridge Pride, a social group for LGBTQ Islanders. Their first official meeting is tonight, October 20, at Doc’s Marina from 7 to 10 p.m. Villanueva described the group’s mission as building and strengthening the LGBTQ community on the Island. He said, “We’re living in a pretty progressive city, so…

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Dementia Expert to Share Survival Strategies for Caregivers

Kae Hammond knows what dementia looks like and the impact it can have on family. Her mother has Alzheimer’s. But it was her father who died first, unexpectedly, 11 years after her mother’s diagnosis. That’s when Hammond learned from the National Alzheimer’s Association that 70 percent of family caregivers develop life-altering conditions, often preceding in death those…

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Letter to the Editor: HRB Collaborates to House Families, Conserve Island

Housing Resources Bainbridge’s homeownership development, Ferncliff Village, is expanding. Phase 2 of the Ferncliff Village project will include 16 two- and three-bedroom homes available for purchase by low and moderate income families and individuals. The completion of these townhomes will bring to culmination the island’s first Community Land Trust development, thanks in part to the generous land…

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National Night Out by Sarah Lane

Bainbridge Has a Good Night Out: Photo Gallery

Tonight’s (August 4) National Night Out celebration in Town Square, hosted by the Bainbridge Island Police Department, drew hundreds of people of all ages on a sunny, warm evening to learn about safety and crime prevention, eat free food, and have fun. The information included emergency preparation handouts, details about the proposed Public Safety Building, and…

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Bainbridge Lawyer Speaks at Town Hall Meeting on LGBTQ Equality

The U.S. Supreme Court just recently ruled that marriage equality is the law in all 50 states. But what exactly does that mean? The QLaw Foundation has gathered a team of legal experts to discuss the decision, and one of those experts, Jill Mullins-Cannon of Justice & Equality Legal Services, PLLC, is a Bainbridge lawyer. She…

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A Sneak Peek at The Pool at Pleasant Beach

[Updated 11:07 a.m. May 6, 2015.] The water is in, the weather is warming, and The Pool at Pleasant Beach is on track to open with a splash at the end of May for its inaugural season. Workers are still furnishing the Snack Shack and constructing the bar, but the basics will be ready for…

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Parenting Right in the Middle: New Program to Help Bainbridge Parents of Tweens

The Bainbridge Island School District, Hyla Middle School, and Raising Resilience have partnered to help parents with that often troublesome and yet overlooked middle age: the Tween years (grades 5 through 8). Tweens are dealing with it all—identity formation, sexuality development, risk-taking behaviors, intergenerational communication challenges, and increased technology use—and yet often lack the skills…

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Photos of the Day: Aquatics Center Float Float Night

While the big kids were hosting homecoming last Friday night (handily beating Everett), the younger set bobbed in the pool at the Bainbridge Island Aquatics Center for Float Float Night. Root beer floats were on tap, tube floaters were in plentiful supply, and Muppets Most Wanted was the flick pick. Here are a few more…

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Gad Zucs! The Great Zucchini Races 2014 Video & Photo Gallery

The Great Zucchini Races returned to the downtown Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market Saturday, September 20, for a sunny, fun day of ramp heats, campy commentary, and enthusiastic fanfare. Community members showed their creativity with tricked out zucchinis big, small, and huge. One illegal entry containing cucumber contraband—pickles to be precise—managed to pass muster(ard) and make…

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National Night Out

Stayed in on National Night Out? What You Missed (w/ Photo Gallery)

If you didn’t show up at Sakai Intermediate School Tuesday night, August 5, for the annual National Night Out police-community celebration organized by Officer Carla Sias, you missed out on a great deal. First there was the free food: hot dogs, chips, popcorn, and cotton candy. Then there was the free music: lively guitar by…

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Secrets of Lives Lived on Bainbridge’s Soon-to-Be-Gone Government Way

Bainbridge’s Grow Community will soon be expanding east with Phase II, the Grove, and Phase III, the Park, encompassing the area of what is the now unoccupied and decommissioned former military housing on John Adams Lane, a.k.a Government Way, between Wyatt and Shepard. In the process, all the old homes will be destroyed and John…

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National Night Out: Free Fun & Food Tuesday

National Night Out is the evening of police-sponsored events across the country that promote involvement in crime-prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhoods united against crime. This year’s NNO, the 31st national, happens Tuesday night, August 5, at Sakai Intermediate School. An estimated 37 million people in more than 16,000 communities across the United States will…

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National Night Out August 5: BIPD Officer Carla Sias Gives a Preview

This post is part of our new collaboration with Bainbridge Community Broadcasting. BCB is a nonprofit, all-volunteer audio broadcasting organization under the umbrella of Sustainable Bainbridge. Currently they are creating podcasts about community news and events. Soon they hope to be streaming live on the Internet. In our partnership, IB will be sharing BCB podcasts with our readers,…

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Bainbridge Gets Plugged (Briefly) for July 4 Festivities on the Today Show

This morning, June 24, on the Today show on NBC in a segment called “Red, White & Where to?” Sweet Retreats host Rene Syler listed five recommendations across the country for “affordable and patriotic 4th of July getaways.” Bainbridge Island was mentioned as a submenu item under #4, Seattle. Syler recommended the “really unique, patriotic, and…

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2013 Fireworks Injuries Report Just in Time to Rain on Your Parade

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has just released its 2013 report on fireworks-related injuries and fires throughout Washington. Last year, there were 314 incidents, including 239 injuries, with the majority occurring on July 4. The numbers represent a 4 percent reduction from 2012 and an ongoing downward trend since 2009. Of the 239 injuries, 51…

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National Marina Day

Don’t Miss Saturday’s Boater’s Fair: A Little Something for Everyone

If you have even the slightest interest in anything related to boating, the City of Bainbridge Island wants to reel you in this Saturday, June 14, with its Waterfront Park Boater’s Fair in honor of National Marina Day. The event is being organized by the City through Tami Allen who is the BIPD’s Harbormaster, the…

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Bainbridge Dad Turns Ironman to Raise Money to Fight Daughter’s Cancer

Darren and Lynn Smith had been living on Bainbridge Island with their baby Meghan for a little over a year when they heard the words every loving parent fears most: Your child has leukemia. The day 15-month-old Meghan was diagnosed, the family of three was instructed to go directly to Seattle Children’s Hospital, where Meghan…

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Parenting Author Laura Kastner Talks Thursday About Raising Successful Tweens & Teens

This Thursday, February 6, author and clinical psychologist Laura Kastner, PhD, speaks about raising teens and tweens in the latest part of the Raising Resilience series on successful parenting. This week’s talk follows last month’s Healthy Youth Summit. Presented by Raising Resilience and Bainbridge Youth Services, Kastner will discuss her new book Wise Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials…

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Mom Playpark Etiquette: Four Don’ts and a Do

by Trish Bittman Social Media Marketing Guru * Writer * Blogger Don’t ignore the fact that your 11 year old is a bully. When you hear him calling the preschoolers names like “cry baby” and telling them to get out of his way while said bully is climbing on top of the play structures (that clearly…

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Madrona House

The Compre- hensive Care Senior Lifestyle: Coming Soon to Madrona House

Madrona House, the building that sits at the intersection of Madison and New Brooklyn, is multi-façaded, sporting different colors and textures, an appropriate design given its multifaceted mission of serving a wide range of seniors, from those needing some daily assistance to those requiring around-the-clock memory care. Twenty-one assisted living apartments provide seniors with 7…

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